Fintech will shift from products to audiences, and mortgage, core banking and insurance will expedite digitization. As a managing partner at Flourish Ventures, a $500 million global venture fund that was launched in 2019 by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, Emmalyn Shaw is an experienced tech investor.
Emmalyn Shaw at Flourish Ventures provides us with a personal take on how women can make an impact in fintech investing. When I co-founded Flourish Ventures, focusing solely on fintech was relatively new to me. I had more than 20 years of experience working with entrepreneurs in the technology industry, but it was the desire to have an impact, to invest in companies that were both mission-driven and commercial, that led me to fintech and to Flourish.
Despite the all-time highs of the stock market over the last decade, financial inequality in the U.S. has continued to rise, with 78 percent of American workers currently living paycheck to paycheck. The current pandemic has further weakened the foundations of a working class that was already wobbly before the virus struck.
Nearly two decades before Zuben Mathews co-founded a consumer fintech app, he was studying economics at the University of Chicago as a recent immigrant to the U.S. Despite earning a scholarship and regular allowances from his mother in India, Mathews found himself without a credit score, living paycheck-to-paycheck. He says he spent $1,000 on overdraft fees alone that first year.
The financial services unit of Grab, the Southeast Asian ridehailing and food delivery company, has secured over $300 million in a Series A. The funding was led by South Korean asset manager Hanwha, with support from investors including K3 Ventures, GGV Capital, Arbor Ventures and Flourish Ventures. In 2020, the unit logged revenue growth of more than 40% compared to 2019.